The Brix Challenge 2022

“The Brix Challenge 2022”

A “NON-event” fundraiser for
The Humane Society of McDonough County

..NO planning, NO conflicts, NO problems; yet the BIGGEST event to raise funds for the ANNUAL OPERATING COSTS of the HSMC and the easiest way to be a part of saving lives and helping animals in need

Once again Chris Brix is challenging our community to raise the most funds yet for the animals needing assistance in our county. He will match $1,000.00 in donations received between now and October 31, 2022. ANY AMOUNT will be GREATLY APPRECIATED.

ALL DONATIONS received will support the important initiatives of the HSMC and will directly help animals in need in McDonough County. This year’s goal is $20,000. We know we can reach it with your support.

The Brix Challenge:

  • designates 100% of the funds raised for the HSMC’s ANNUAL OPERATIONAL COSTS (Brix Challenge funds are completely separate from those for the “new shelter campaign”)
  • is the LARGEST ANNUAL FUNDRAISER for the HSMC’s annual operating costs
  • allows YOU to SEE your gifts at work helping animals through the HSMC’s hard work to PROVIDE MANY ONGOING SERVICES TO ANIMALS & THEIR FAMILIES

Please send your tax-deductible donations to:

The Brix Challenge
Humane Society of McDonough County
PO Box 7
Macomb IL 61455

You may also use Venmo @HumaneSocietyofMcDonoughCounty, or the PayPal option on the Humane Society website at

Thank you for your support. Together we can do so much!


Click here to download The Brix Challenge 2022 Press Release

Wine Sellers’ Play It Forward to Support HSMC

Play It Forward

We are so pleased that The Wine Sellers in Macomb and local musicians are supporting the Humane Society of McDonough County with all tips going to the HSMC New Animal Shelter Building Campaign. This wonderful event will be held on Saturday, September 10, starting at noon. We hope to see you there!

Music features local favorites:
12:00 Mike Murphy
1:00 Hincks & Marcott
2:00 King Neptune
3:00 Dennis Devolder
4:00 EastEnders
5:00 Shawn Griffith
6:00 Painted Dogs
7:00 George Turner
8:00 John Heasley
9:00 Bill Maakestad


CatTails at Yappy Hour Fundraiser a Success!

CatTails at Yappy Hour Fundraiser a Success


After a two-year absence due to Covid, the Humane Society of McDonough County’s former
Wine, Whiskers, & Whimsy fundraiser returned better than ever under the new name of CatTails
at Yappy Hour. During the two-hour event in June, the HSMC hosted 100 guests who enjoyed
conversation, live music by Mike Murphy, hors d’oeurves, a wine pull, basket raffle, and silent

We are excited to announce that we raised over $11,000 at CatTails at Yappy Hour! The HSMC
is a 100% volunteer organization. All proceeds from this event go directly to helping the animals
of our county through our programs, which include low-cost spay/neuter, foster/adoption/rescue
sponsorship, shelter medical assistance, pet food pantry, and Angel Fund.

CatTails at Yappy Hour was successful because of our volunteers, attendees, and the wonderful
businesses and community members who graciously donated to our event. Please help us in
thanking them for their contribution!


  • Laverdiere Construction
  • Kunes Auto Group
  • Matthew Glaser Agency/American Family Insurance
  • Citizens National Bank
  • Pumo Insurance Agency
  • Sodexo
  • Dawg Haus
  • Western Illinois Natural Medicine
  • Alan Thompson State Farm Insurance
  • Billy’s Furniture
  • Bushnell Veterinary Service
  • CATO
  • Clugston-Tibbitts Funeral Homes
  • Farmers & Merchant State Bank
  • Bushnell First Bankers Trust
  • Max and Shelley Kreps
  • Dr. Matthew McClure, DMD
  • No Place Like Home
  • Royal Printing
  • RWE Renewables Americas
  • Sue’s Ride Share
  • United Community Bank
  • West Side Lumber Company
  • DePoy Auto Services

Silent Auction Donors:

  • abcdecluttering/Elisa Rasmussen
  • All Pets Veterinary Clinic
  • American Legion Post #6
  • Arnold Brothers Heating and Cooling
  • Beth Jameson
  • Bill and Lynn Jacobs
  • Bill Maakestad and Jean Wolf
  • Brandon Dowacter, LMT Massage Therapist
  • Brown’s Shoe Fit
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Bushnell Locker Service
  • Candy Lane Floral & Gifts
  • Captured Moments Photography
  • Catch a Star Learning Center/Kimberly & Kirk Hare
  • Chicago Bears
  • Chubby’s
  • CMK Jewelers
  • Community News & Market
  • The Crafty Coop
  • Discount Furniture
  • Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home
  • The Full Scoop
  • Fun City Resort
  • Gayle Carper
  • Gold Hills Golf Course
  • Gossel’s Dog House
  • The Grill on Market Street
  • Grounds and Hounds Coffee
  • Hart’s Nursery
  • Head to Tail Grooming
  • Highway Family Restaurant, Bushnell
  • Hy Vee Liquor
  • Iron Spike Brewing Co.
  • Judy Eckerly
  • Kathy Chambers
  • Kathy Veroni and Kathy Orban
  • Kathy Waters
  • Kay Crain
  • Kelly Butterfield and Lt. Dan
  • Kenny & Anne Meyer/Meyer Investment Properties
  • Krista Skien Photography
  • Linda Cummings Macomb Country Club
  • Macomb Park District
  • Market Alley Wines
  • McAlister’s Deli
  • Nelson’s Clothing Store
  • No Place Like Home
  • Nostalgia Décor and Gifts
  • The Old Dairy
  • Pancheros Mexican Grill, Burlington
  • Par-a-Dice Casino and Hotel
  • Paws ‘n Claws
  • Peoria Chiefs
  • Peoria Riverfront Museum
  • Pizza House, Galesburg
  • Plum Relaxing – Krista Mustain-Davis, LMT
  • Princess Shoppe
  • Rosy’s Pizza, Bushnell
  • Scott Conlin
  • Skip Skripps
  • Spirit Hollow Golf Course
  • Sports Corner @ 124
  • Springdale Farmhouse
  • St. Louis Cardinals
  • Sweetbriar Corner Market
  • Tink’s Café
  • Twin Oaks Golf and Country Club
  • The Wine Sellers
  • WIU Bookstore
  • WIU Harry Mussatto Golf Course
  • Your CBD Store